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Can a Christian be possessed? - Ask Pastor Tim Conway

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    ...in them, or be possessed by an evil spirit...
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    Again, I'm just going to say what Scripture says,
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    Let's ask this: Biblically, what can the devil do to believers?
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    Tempt them. How do we know that?
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    Christ was tempted.
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    Right. He is called "the tempter," right?
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    And Paul feared lest the Christians at Corinth
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    were being tempted just like Eve was tempted.
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    So yes, he can tempt Christians.
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    What else can he do to Christians?
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    Remember what he asked permission to do to Peter?
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    Sift him. Sift him. What do you think that is?
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    Probably another way to say "tempt."
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    What is temptation? Temptation is luring to sin.
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    Not causing to sin. But enticing to it.
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    Peter was sifted.
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    He was put in a situation where he denied the Lord.
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    He was sifted to see what he was made of.
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    Yes, he was tried.
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    What's something else that Satan can do to a child of God?
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    He accuses. Day and night, he accuses our brethren.
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    He can accuse us. He can slander us.
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    What else can he do?
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    He can tempt, sift...
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    Slander, accuse... can he deceive us?
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    He is the deceiver.
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    And the thing is with temptation is a lie, right?
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    There's always a lie. Yes, any times he tempts us
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    and we fall into the sin he tempts us into,
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    he's deceived us. What's something else he can do to us?
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    Now he goes about seeking to devour,
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    but can he actually devour a true Christian?
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    What can he do?
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    With God's permission, what can he do? (Job)
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    What did he do?
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    He destroyed his children, his wealth, his health.
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    He can take your health away if God grants him permission.
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    But he asks permission to sift.
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    Let me tell you what, he's like a dog on a chain.
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    He can only do what is within that little dog pen
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    that he's allowed to run in,
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    and God can reel the chain in or let it out anytime God determines.
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    Is there any account where a Christian is possessed?
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    There isn't. There isn't.
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    Flesh and blood, but what do we wrestle against?
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    So there's a fight. We can wrestle.
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    He can do battle with us.
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    But when it comes to possession...
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    What does Satan do to lost people that he can't do to us?
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    What's true of Satan's relationship with lost people?
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    I've been memorizing Ephesians chapters 1 and 2.
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    What's something that's said there concerning, the lost do what?
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    They follow the course of the world,
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    they follow the prince of the power of the air,
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    and what's he described as?
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    The spirit that's now at work in the sons of disobedience,
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    he's at work in them.
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    He's actually got control of them.
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    Can anybody think of somewhere else that Scripture talks about?
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    He's their father.
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    1 John 5:19 says, "we know that we are from God,
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    but the whole world" does what?
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    "It lies in the power of the evil one."
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    He is the spirit at work in the sons of disobedience.
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    They all lie within his power.
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    He has dominion over them.
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    Does he have dominion over us? No.
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    He that is with us is greater than he that is in the world.
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    In fact, Christ likens Himself to what?
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    The One who is stronger than the strongman,
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    and has the ability to come
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    and bind him up and take what's his,
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    and that's what He's done.
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    He's freed us. He's no longer our father.
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    We're no longer in that bondage.
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    We're no longer possessed in that way.
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    By this it is evident who are the children of God
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    and who are the children of the devil,
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    whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God,
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    nor is the one who does not love his brother.
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    I'll tell you another thing Satan can not do to God's children,
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    he can not so control us as to move us into a place
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    where we practice sin and don't love the brethren.
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    He can not do it.
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    Can he tempt us at times to fall into sin?
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    At times to have unloving gestures towards the brethren?
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    Yes, but can he move us into the practice of that? No way!
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    He does not have the power to do it.
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    In fact, if that's true in your life,
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    you are of the devil. You are not of God.
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    Whoever practices sin is not of God. They're of the devil.
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    That's specifically and exactly what the Scripture says.
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    Let me tell you something else, you talk about his question:
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    can a Christian have an evil spirit?
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    Now obviously they can have an evil spirit
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    that tempts them, that they wrestle with,
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    that brings spiritual warfare to them,
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    but you know what's true of every child of God?
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    What do they have in them?
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    The Holy Spirit. And in fact, in Romans 8:9,
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    "you however are not in the flesh,
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    but in the Spirit if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you,"
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    now listen to this: "Anyone who does not have
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    the Spirit of Christ, does not belong to Him."
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    So if you do belong to Him, you have the Spirit,
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    and where that Spirit is, it's the Holy Spirit
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    and I'll tell you this, unclean spirits
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    and the Holy Spirit do not abide together
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    and live together in the same place.
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    Those that we were told about in Scripture that were possessed,
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    Acts 8:5, "Philip went down to the city of Samaria
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    and proclaimed to them the Christ
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    the crowds of one accord paid attention
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    to what was being said to Philip,
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    when they heard him and saw the signs that he did,
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    unclean spirits came out of many
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    who were possessed."
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    But they're the lost folks.
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    Mark 7:25, "Immediately, a woman whose little daughter was possessed
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    by an unclean spirit heard of Him and came and fell down at His feet."
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    Mark 5:18, the demoniac, you know
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    the one that had the legion of demons,
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    "As He was getting into the boat,
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    the man who had been possessed with demons..."
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    But these are all lost people.
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    Never do you have an example
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    in the Scriptures of somebody that's saved
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    that's said to have been possessed.
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Can a Christian be possessed? - Ask Pastor Tim Conway
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